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A memory of a touch It is, sometimes, the little things that mean the most. That stick with you the longest. That become the memories you cherish for a lifetime. The Legal Genealogist has a ton of relatives, courtesy of … Continue reading

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Honoring those who served In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns fell silent. On the battlefields of Europe, where war had raged for more than four years, the survivors breathed a … Continue reading

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The photograph that should have been There were five Cottrell sisters who grew to adulthood. Ten children in all were born to Martin Gilbert Cottrell and Martha H. “Mattie” (Johnson) Cottrell, great grandparents of The Legal Genealogist. Two — a … Continue reading

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What’s your favorite Halloween costume? It’s Halloween today — that time when we all get to dress up in costumes and commit a legal form of extortion. Trick or treat, after all, would get you arrested the rest of the … Continue reading

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The Indiana connection She was born, the records say, 146 years ago today, somewhere near Gadsden, Alabama. That birthplace for Eula (Baird) Livingston Robertson — The Legal Genealogist‘s great grandmother — seems half a world away today, as I sit … Continue reading

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And, of course, it didn’t It wasn’t the right match, they said. He wasn’t the right boy for her. He didn’t come from a good enough family. He wasn’t smart enough. Good-looking enough. He wouldn’t provide well for her and … Continue reading

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REPRISE: In honor of the 123rd anniversary of Gilbert Fleetwood Cottrell’s birth, 10 October 1892, The Legal Genealogist offers this reprise of this July 2014 posting. It’s too good a story to run only once… Like grandfather, like grandson? The … Continue reading

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The name’s not the same It was a lesson not to be forgotten, taught by Uncle Ray. He was The Legal Genealogist‘s uncle by marriage, the husband of my mother’s sister Carol. And, I remember, as I was just learning … Continue reading

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One missing little girl It goes without saying in genealogy. You have to read every word. Every single character, in every single field, in every single document. It doesn’t matter what the document is. It doesn’t matter what particular use … Continue reading

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The lawyer who wasn’t There should have been another lawyer in The Legal Genealogist‘s family. Oh there are, and have been, others over the years. But there should have been one more. The ability was there. The desire was there. … Continue reading

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